Corigliano - Circus Maximus

Naxos: 8559601

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Corigliano - Circus Maximus

Label:

Naxos

Catalogue No:

8559601
(8.559601)

Discs:

1

Release date:

5th Jan 2009

Barcode:

0636943960127

Length:

52 minutes

Medium:

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Corigliano - Circus Maximus


Corigliano:

Symphony No. 3 ‘Circus Maximus’

Gazebo Dances


The University of Texas Wind Ensemble, Jerry Junkin

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In his astonishing Symphony No. 3, subtitled ‘Circus Maximus’, the celebrated American composer John Corigliano both embodies and comments on the “massive and glamorous barbarity” of our present time, which he sees paralleling the decadence of Ancient Rome.

Scored for a large concert band encircling the audience, it is a musical kaleidoscope of contemporary culture.

In contrast, Gazebo Dances was inspired by “the pavilions often seen on village greens in towns throughout the countryside, where public band concerts are given on summer evenings”.

“Corigliano could have made a comfortable living churning out film scores: his versatility, orchestral wizardry and fluency are undeniable.” BBC Music Magazine

John Corigliano: Symphony No. 3, "Circus Maximus"

I. Introitus

II. Screen / Siren

III. Channel surfing

IV. Night Music I

V. Night Music II

VI. Circus Maximus

VII. Prayer

VIII. Coda: Veritas

John Corigliano: Gazebo Dances (arr. for band)

I. Overture

II. Waltz

III. Adagio

IV. Tarantella

Gramophone Classical Music Guide

2010

“Just as Corigliano's First Symphony embodied his anger about Aids, this spectacular based on the vast Roman arena the Circus Maximus finds 'parallels between the high decadence of Rome and our present time'. Corigliano rightly slates our entertainment-dominated culture and compares today's ubiquitous obsession with violence to the ancient Romans enjoying the sight of lions devouring human beings for amusement. This is heady stuff and nowhere more so than in the extravagant resources of Circus Maximus itself.
There's a stage band of 37 players plus four to five percussionists; a 'surround band' with 22 players including 11 trumpets and three percussionists; and a marching band that moves down the centre of the auditorium in track 6 and, like everything else, is stunningly caught by the sound engineers. As if that wasn't enough, the work ends with a sustained high note followed by a blast from a 12-bore shotgun! Some sections are as laceratingly violent as Varèse, and there are sirens and whistles too. But there's some repose in 'Night Music I' with its uncanny tapestry of animal sounds even if 'Night Music II' evolves into a nightmare through dotted rhythms. The following 'Prayer' is sustained triadic relief.
The American wind band has a noble tradition and Corigliano has added a substantial work to the repertoire. The Gazebo Dances, originally for piano duet, are affable early pieces with a waltz that falls out of step and a hectic tarantella.”

Gramophone Magazine

July 2009

“The American wind band has a noble tradition and Corigliano has added a substantial work to the repertoire.”

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